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Brittany Parnell spends her days guiding new students to success as an academic advisor in S&T’s Advising Center. She enjoys helping new students transition to life as a Miner. Going from high school to college life can be challenging, but she makes a difference helping students succeed and stepping into their potential.
As an academic advisor, Brittany meets with first-year and transfer students who are pursuing engineering or computer science degrees. She helps them navigate resources, advises them on curricular interests, and teaches them strong study and time-management skills. Academic advisors seek to recognize when students may be struggling academically or personally and work to intervene early to help them succeed in their course work.
Brittany worked in the registrar’s office before joining the Advising Center. One of her favorite memories was a visit to the experimental mine during a staff retreat. While detonating a small explosive, a teammate got to yell “Fire in the hole!”
Brittany at a glance
Hometown: St. Clair, Missouri
Advice to other employees: “Ask if you don’t know! Developing positive relationships with your team and other departments allows you to ensure you’re well-knowledgeable to serve your students and the S&T community.”
Education: Bachelor’s degree in education studies from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
Accomplishment: Brittany is most proud of staying a kid at heart. It’s an accomplishment for her that she hasn’t broken a bone jumping on dirt bikes, mountain bikes or unicycles.
Favorite food: Anything pizza.
Hobbies: Brittany enjoys mountain biking with her husband, playing with her dog, Boomer, and listening to podcasts.
People are surprised to learn: Though everyone hates it, Brittany secretly enjoys “All I Want for Christmas is You” by Mariah Carey.
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